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This show has been commercially released as " Europe '72: The Complete Recordings - All The Music Edition"
Dylan M -
Subject: Shouldn't have "bookmarked to download at a later date"
"He Chose Poorly" haha.
Yes its sad they pulled all the Europe 72' shows after the full release. I bought the discs for this show because it's an all time favorite, perhaps the greatest night of music they performed with Keith Godchaux.
All of the Pigpen tunes are highlights, for this would be his last show as a participating member (I don't count that other show where he fell asleep at the organ a month later). "Two Souls in Communion" is stronger than ever. Weir's "El Paso" has fiery piano and rhythm guitar battles. The rare (for the time) "Dire Wolf" is a treat to listen back to. "Playin" is the first version that really gets wayyy out there. They had been developing it from it's silly pop roots from the beginning of the Europe tour. This version reflects the majesty that would blossom on during their fall/winter tours.
As others have said, the second set is a best-ever. Europe 72' took the "Prelude" and "Epilogue" passages from this Truckin', which is as good as they would ever get. Locked in, the spirit of fusion bop jazz delivered a'la Grateful Dead. Those who haven't heard this second set jam MUST get ahold of it!
It becomes apparent that Keith Godchaux at one point had the capacity to musically communicate with Garcia/Lesh/Kruetzman on a level that took them to places never explored previous. His later years in comparison get pretty sad. Love Keith's work on this show. Layered with Pig's simpler yet powerful organ licks, this is the true quintessential Grateful Dead.
After this show things would never be the same. And yes, as recounted in Dead Historian Dennis McNally's "A Long Strange Trip" Garcia was deeply affected by this second set and this "Dew" is a particularly standout version.
A favorite of mine for many years, from somebody who was too young to have seen it performed live. Luckily we have great recordings of it to recount the majesty.
I had bookmarked this to listen to at a later date. Now all Europe '72 shows have been pulled from the archive due to the official release of the complete recordings. While it's great that this incredible run has been remastered and released in it's entirety, I can't afford the $450 price tag. No more Europe '72 sbd's! :(
Cliff Hucker -
Subject: "He's playing with his back to the audience, tears streaming down his face..."
A monumental performance, the band has pulled out all the stops for their last show of the tour. The nineteen song 2+ hour first set, perhaps the finest of the tour, is a monster, featuring fantastic performances of Cumberland Blues, Jack Straw, China/Rider, Playin' in the Band and a surprise Dire Wolf. Concluding with a jammed out NFA> GDTRFB> NFA, this set on its own would have been a great show. But of course the band still has a bit of magic left in the tank, the second set comencing with a jam suite right off the bat.
This one will sound very familiar with the incredible Truckin' and Morning Dew immortalized on Europe '72, split by an epic 35+ minute, largely percusion driven performance of The Other One which gets reprised twice. The post Truckin' "Epilogue" is phenomenal. Seamless, it's difficult to discern where Truckin' ends and The Other One begins, Jerry and Keith are locked in so tightly. A brief but intense bass solo preceeds the intro theme. After a great drum solo the theme fires up again. Keiths playing is extraordinary here. During a brief segment just prior to the first verse he sounds like Steve Winwood.
The following ten minute post-verse "Prelude" to Morning Dew is one of the most compelling passages that the band has ever played. After the phenomenal performance of Morning Dew the band finds their way back into The Other One. Three minutes into second reprise there is some rather cool interplay between Weir and Garcia which is followed by a brief but sublime duet between Pigpen and Keith that must be heard to be believed. Simply beautiful, it's an amazing conclusion to this epic tour. (100 pts)
This is a personal favorite, just love love love the set list, energy, and perfs--esp. poignant since Pig was so close to the end of the line. The Mr. Charlie really gets to me. As others have said, the hour-long TOO/etc. jam is beyond belief.
oh sweet sweet sweetness
Subject: Wow, this is exceptionally good!
Some of the best playing I've ever heard from any band, and some of the best from the Dead themselves. Let's hear the Beatles do that live. But how the hell did the recordists and audio engineers capture that with '72 technology; nice mastering job too. Pretty beautiful Black Throated Wind but I miss Bobby's "goin' back home, that's what I'm gonna do..." Hat's off to Billy and Keith: two of the utmost underrated players of all time. Billy is the master of the bell and free time and Keith, unobtrusive yet essential fluid improvisation.
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD " Live in Concert" May 26, 1972 at the Strand Lyceum, London, England, United Kingdom
"This day in GRATEFUL DEAD History"
~Classic 72' Soundboard~
Thirty seven years ago to the day, the GRATEFUL DEAD were performing in London, England. I couldn't be there, but I showed up today...where were you?
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1972 GRATEFUL DEAD collection. It's a "Must Have" show.
"Classic 1972 Sound."
"PIGPEN & KEITH" Show.
Pigpen on organ, Keith on Piano.
An upbeat, energetic, well rehearsed, fun show from a longtime ago when things were still "young".
I recommend using your EQ during playback of most of the shows on the IA, this one included. Windows Media Player has a 10 band EQ and SRS WOW effects that enhance the sound.
Solid, "In the Pocket" performances of all our favorite 72' songs.
Here's one way to dowload this show:
The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer. RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at www.realplayer.com.
For easy streaming or downloading you should use RealPlayer.
Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist. If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer. Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it. When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder. Repeat these steps for each song.
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the LOVE from 1972.
PS: Get em' while you can, get em' while they're free, get em' now or you'll be sorry...the Man giveth and the Man taketh away...WTTW
Chicken Shack -
Subject: get 'em all
Truckin > Other One from '72 is where it's at. Most are MONSTERS. This is no exception! Collect 'em all!
Subject: Number 1 in Turlock With a Bullet....
A few things I can never get enough of from the Dead are Bob's short shorts and his Turlock, Ca. references. All classic all the time.
What else can really be said about any of these Europe '72 shows? Chances are if you've found this site and maneuvered to this show, you already know how bad ass it is. And if you got here by shear dumb luck, then sit back because you are in for a treat.
This period with Keith's great playing added to Jerry, Bob and Pig tunes is just awesome. The deeper you dig, the more treasures you find. As with the majority of Dead shows, its the 2nd set that does it for me. And this one is no exception. Outstanding.
The Truckin'> The Other One> Drums> The Other One> Jam> Morning Dew> The Other One> Sing Me Back Home is over an hour of pure bliss.
This show is time well spent.
Subject: greatful dead live at the strand lyecum 1972 05 26
i loved the bit about the mobil sound truck , it was a small hertz rental with the equipment lying on the floor , i was there
Donnie L. -
Subject: This should be released
Well folks, this was the end of the "strange trip" for the GD from touring europe. Supposedly, the band was straight as RamRod made everybody get rid of their dope, no personal stuff. According to some stories in some books, the stuff was burned on the stage of the Lyceum at the soundcheck. The reason was so nobody got checked at customs when re-entering the states.
If this is what we get when the GD are straight, sign me up.
Across the board, the whole show is perfomed at near perfect. I've listened to this show many times and being a musician, I know when the miscues, mis-frets, and wrong notes are played. I don't seem to recall any at all, and the energy is incredible. It really sounds like they didn't think they would ever play europe again. There is something about this show that even stands out amoung entire 72 and the whole europe tour. Highlights are : the whole second set is a journey with both truckin and morning dew being officially released on Europe 72. In fact, the truckin is etched in so many older fans heads that I've heard Hornsby quote the famous jerry line on the out chorus from this show in so many other shows when Hornsby played with the GD. (He knows which one!)
Even first set tunes are a treat, Playin in the Band is at very high level unlike the mellow versions of 73 and 74 when after the "song" they go into the improv. usually the band would bring the dynamic volume down alot; not here, just real intense bubbling psychedelic rock. Even the regular stuff like Loser, Mr. Charlie are well played. Like I said, the mix is incredible as well. Betty Cantor and Rex Jackson were in the mobile truck with a custom 24 track soundboard and this is what you get, really nice balance. Don't forget all the classic tube amps the GD used back then, this was before they had all thier individual rigs with alot of processing and effects. Simply organic, nice warm sound and KILLER performance, it could be the best performance of the whole career.
lemon lime partridge -
Subject: Great show, great sound quality.
i love this show and how i feel every time i listen to it. the morning dew and songs surrounding it (esp the merle haggard song sing me back home) are wonderful. sound quality is great and the band was amazing that night.
Here is one of the better 72' shows in all its raging glory. Some of the better versions of Truckin and The Other One. Truckin is one that appears on Europe 72'; also a great Playin', NFA > GDTRFB > NFA. First and only time it ever appeared in the first set. This show is no 4/8 or 8/27; but I will have to say that this is one of,if not THE best 72'"non Dark Star" shows. 9/28/72 is the only one that comes close. Almost 4 hours of music here (first set alone is over 2 hours!!) and nearly every song is played well. Great sound quality as well. I give it 4 and a half stars, as the five stars are held for the "big seven shows" of 72...4/8, 7/18, 8/27, 9/17, 9/21, 9/27, and 9/28.